Point Park takes 3rd at AMC Men's Golf Championship Tournament
May 6, 2011
MT. VERNON, Ohio -- Point Park University placed third and was just three shots out of second place after Friday's final round of the American Mideast Conference Men's Golf Championship Tournament. The Pioneers had a team score of 921 in the 54-hole event, which was only three stokes behind second-place Daemen College at 918.
Point Park's Austin Elder, a sophomore from Warren, Ohio, placed sixth individually to make the All-AMC team along with teammate Alex Bernardini. A sophomore from Mexico, Bernardini placed 10th, and the top 10 players made the all-conference team.
Perennial AMC power Malone easily outdistanced the field with a team-score of 866, which was 52 shots better than the nearest competitor. Malone, the #6 team in the latest NAIA golf poll, owned the first four individual placements, including medalist and defending NAIA individual champion Justin Lower. Lower shot a final-round 69 (-3) to finish the tournament with a 54-hole score of 5-under.
Point Park's score of 921 is 135 strokes better than when it finished in last place at the 2010 AMC Tournament. Point Park men's golf just completed it second season since being reinstated after a 37-year hiatus. The Pioneers cut an average of 33.75 strokes per player and 11.25 strokes per player, per round over last year's conference tournament.
Elder had a 54-hole total of 7-over par, and there were only three players -- all from Malone -- who were at 1-over or better for the tournament. He was only one shot back of the two players who tied for fourth at 6-over.
Elder fired a 1-under 71 in the first round and was just three shots off the lead at that point. Elder put together a final-round 75 after a 77 in the second round put him back a few shots. He placed in the top 10 in all 10 events he competed in this season.
Bernardini finished at 12-over for the tournament. He had a second-round 74 to highlight his total.
Point Park freshman Chris Bowen (+20), James Daley (+21) and Chris Cichra (+27) all placed among the top 26 players, and along with sophomores Elder and Bernardini, make up an entire first five that will return next season.
The Pioneers won three tournaments this year and had a scoring average of 308.8. That's 44 shots better than last year's scoring average of 352.8. Point Park carded rounds of 305-309-307 in this year's AMC Tournament.